Fifth place a good result, Hülkenberg insists
10 June 2014 – Nico Hülkenberg has insisted his fifth place finish in the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend was a 'good result'.
Hülkenberg has now scored in every race he has competed in so far this season - and if you include his final two races with Sauber at the end of last year, he hasn't finished out of the points in nine grand's prix.
Despite that, however, he was again overshadowed to some extent in the race by his Force India team-mate Sergio Pérez, with the Mexican looking set for another podium until late on, when he was passed by the Red Bulls and then had that coming together with Felipe Massa.
"To come away with ten points and a fifth place is a good result. It was a busy race. I gained some positions at the end due to the crash between Sergio and Massa but lost one to Jenson [Button] when I was in a battle with [Fernando] Alonso, but we were always going to finish in the points regardless," Hülkenberg said.
"The safety car at the start didn't help me as it allowed those on supersoft tyres to stretch their stints," he added.
"Being on a different strategy from everyone else [also] meant I always had someone pushing close behind me: it was fun, but very challenging, especially towards the end of the race as I had quite a long stint on the supersoft tyres."
Quizzed on if Force India were right to only one stop, the German added: "Stopping only once meant I had a bigger challenge managing the tyres compared to the two-stoppers, but I think we got the right reward for it.
"I think it was the fastest strategy for us and to be the only two cars to manage a one-stopper is definitely a positive."